I leverage sculptural installations, experiential technology collaborations, olfactory art and participatory performances to shift dominant narratives. Standing between diaspora and indigeneity, I navigate the oceanic, cultural and trade circulations between Asia, the Americas and Europe. My research-based process allows me to co-labor with scholars, scientists and community stakeholders to assemble surviving fragments in service of public history. I borrow the transporting power of smell to retain evaporating memory and fight erasure.
My trajectory began retracing 19th century Asian labor and migratory landmarks in Peru, which subsequently opened my vista to millennia-old transpacific migrations. These experiences influence my site-specific activations and propel me to work in allyship with original peoples, land and waters. I have also been tracing environmental degradation, wealth inequality, and the ramifications of colonialism to their roots in the early modern spice trade. From botanical expeditions to militarized landscapes and forgotten tropical paradises, I examine the contemporary resonances of these patterns of exploitation. This has manifested as a fake perfume boutique that unveils to mall-goers the social botanical history behind luxury, commerce and intoxication, mining the intertwined geopolitical fate of Manhattan and the nutmeg-rich Rhun Island, and engaging with a Gilded Age mansion financed by tobacco sales.
BEATRICE GLOW is an interdisciplinary artist and multi-sensory storyteller whose work highlights human interconnectivity while amplifying stories lying in the shadows of colonialism, migration and inequality. Her practice comprises of sculptural installations, participatory performances and lectures, olfactory art, experiential technology collaborations and trilingual publishing.
She is currently a 2019-2020 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Artist. She has been named a 2018-19 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow; 2018-19 Smack Mellon Studio Program Artist; 2017-18 ZERO1 American Art Incubator lead artist to Ecuador in partnership with US Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs; 2016-17 Artist-in-Residence at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University; Honolulu Biennial 2017 artist, 2015 Wave Hill Van Lier Visual Art Fellow, 2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Finalist, Hemispheric Institute Council Member, 2013 Franklin Furnace Fund grantee and 2008-9 US Fulbright Scholar. Solo exhibitions include “Forts and Flowers” at Taipei Contemporary Art Center (2019); "Beatrice Glow: Spice Routes/Roots," at the Duke House with NYU Institute of Fine Arts (2017); “Aromérica Parfumeur” with Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Chile; “Lenapeway” and “The Wayfinding Project” at New York University; “Rhunhattan” at Wave Hill; and “Floating Library” — a pop-up, mobile device-free public space aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship —on the Hudson River.
She recently participated in group exhibitions at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; Elizabeth for the Arts Foundation, New York; Shiva Gallery at John Jay College, New York; Park Avenue Armory, New York; Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta; Momenta Art, Brooklyn; Katzen Art Center at American University, Washington D.C.; Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx; Zebrastraat Gallery, Gent; Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York; El Museo del Barrio, New York; and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Arequipa, Peru.
Glow is the featured artist in the July 2017 issue of Duke University Press’ Cultural Politics, has written for post at MoMA, Art Newspaper and published “Taparaco Myth,” a trilingual artist book (Chinese, English and Spanish). She has presented performance lectures at Asia Contemporary Art Week’s Field Meetings at Asia Society and Venice Biennale 2015. She regularly works with students and has presented artist talks at New York University; Columbia University; Hunter College; Concordia University; and New York Institute of Technology, amongst others. As a Hemispheric Institute Council Member, she co-founded the Performing Asian/Americas: Converging Movements workgroup. She is the strategy manager for the New York and Newark Public History Project and will be joining the faculty at the School of Visual Arts MFA Art Practice Program in Spring 2020. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from NYU.